24 December 2013

Sudan: Civilians, Army Clash With Militia in South Kordofan

Kharasan — A number of people were killed and wounded on Monday in the area of Kharasan, Keilak locality in West Kordofan in violent clashes between militiamen and civilians.

Reporting to Radio Dabanga, multiple sources attributed the clashes to the assaults, pillaging and robberies, as well as sexual harassment of the people living in the area by government-backed militiamen, led by the commander of the Sudanese Border Guards, Mohamed Hamdan, better known as Hemeti.

Reports about the death toll and casualties are conflicting. According to a witness 35 people from both sides were killed and wounded. Others mentioned 30 fatalities and wounded, noting that Sheikh Babakar, the imam of Kharasan mosque, was killed, as well were Adam Yunis, Bakhita Hamdan, Sharif Kuku, Taha Ahmed Nujumi, Ismail Jamaa and Shamila Jamaa, El Amin El Zein and Khalifa Ismail.

The sources said that the Sudanese Army garrison of Kharasan joined the civilians in the clashes against the militia.

They added that the civilians demanded from the authorities to immediately expel these government-backed militias from the area.

Radio Dabanga reported earlier that the Border Guards commander, Hemeti, aleggedly recruited 5,000 to 6,000 young men in Darfur to receive a military training in Khartoum. They were told by Hemeti that they would be sent to Darfur. Later they discovered that they were transported to the war zones in South Kordofan.

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